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Forbes released a ranking for best states for business in 2016.  The ranking was based on business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.  We rated 49th in labor supply, 48th in economic climate, 49th in growth prospects, and 47th in quality of life.

Maine, at #49, with slightly more low scores than Mississippi, was ranked 15th in quality of life.  Even West Virginia, at #50, has a quality of life that Forbes ranked as 42.

Our strength:  business costs and regulatory environment.  We give tax dollars away to businesses who often do not stay successful or choose to remain long enough for us to see a return.  And we fail at regulating them, which leaves a lot of room for fraud, illegality and just bad government.

While Mississippi ranks #49 in labor supply, West Virginia ranks #50.  Neither state, apparently, is doing what it takes to educate and train suitable skilled labor.  But then, education is not something that appears very high on the lists of our governing bodies.

For the last two years, the State New Economy Index, published by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has ranked Mississippi as 50th (except for 2007 — when it finished 49th).  The index relies on 25 indicators, including the number of jobs in high tech industries, level of skilled labor, availability of broadband internet service, foreign investments in the state, and the education level of the workforce, among others.  Rob Atkinson, co-author of the study offered by the Washington DC based foundation, said:  “Mississippi was sort of left behind in the industrialization of this country [in the early 20th century] and now, in the new century, the world is changing drastically.  Low-cost-based production isn’t going to work anymore.”  He offered that there are fewer and fewer large employers these days that hire hundreds or thousands of the kinds of relatively low-skill workers that Mississippi regularly produces.

Not to beat a dead horse, but education and socialization are the answers.  Our people need to understand that education is the key to the future and that fact needs to be endorsed and inculcated as often, and from as many varied institutions and individuals as possible.

So, go out and proselytize our citizens on the value of education, and for that matter, proselytize our legislators, too!

 

 

For those of you who follow my Rosawinklepinktriangle blog on the Mozingo|Quarles website, please forgive me because this is a duplication, but it’s an important duplication.  It’s even probably worth reading twice!

President elect Trump has appointed Senator Jeff Sessions,the 3 term junior US Senator from Alabama, to be the next attorney general of the US.  I do not know Senator Sessions personally, but living in the same general area of the country, he is often on my radar screen.

Sessions (Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III) has been called by the “National Journal” the fifth most conservative US Senator.  He has supported a national amendment to ban same sex marriage (remember, he is from the state where the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Roy Moore, has been cited and suspended from the high court by the Court of the Judiciary because he told Alabama’s probate judges to defy the federal court orders on same sex marriage — the same guy, who in 2003, was taken off the bench when he defied orders to take down the 10 Commandments monument from the state judicial building) and has supported other conservative measures, including opposition to abortion and illegal immigration.  (Now, don’t get me wrong, I oppose illegal immigration, too, but our entire immigration system is “broke” and we won’t fix it with hostility.)

When Sessions was Attorney General of Alabama, he worked to deny funding to student Gay-Straight alliances at Auburn and the University of South Alabama.  It is positions like this one that earned him a zero (0) rating from the Human Rights Campaign.  And Oregon in particular is concerned because of his rather rabid anti-marijuana position.  (Apparently his rabid anti-marijuana sentiments came to light during his hearing before the Senate to become a federal judge in Alabama.  An African American man whom Sessions had worked with on some policy issues alleged to the committee that Sessions had said that he approved of the Ku Klux Klan until he realized that some of them smoked marijuana but that folks that smoke marijuana are “bad” people. This was reported by Ken Rudin, of NPR in his blog, Political Junkie,” posted on May 5, 2009.  He didn’t get confirmed.)

As the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee in the 110th Congress, while questioning Judge Sonia Sotomayor upon her nomination to the Supreme Court, he noted that “empathy for one party is always prejudice against another.”  (My understanding of the meaning of empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference — to walk a mile in those shoes, so to speak. I would hope that every judge in the land has empathy for every litigant.)  He also questioned her on her position relative to the use of foreign legal materials in considering US constitutional cases. (Scalia hated the use  of foreign legal materials; Breyer loves the use of foreign legal materials.  All I know is that after the US constitution was adopted, we relied on foreign legal materials all the time.  We had no case law of our own, so courts often turned to Britain for guidance.  British common law is still a moving force in our American rule of law.)  And he made it clear that he did not like the fact that Judge Sotomayor had served as a board member of Latino Justice (formerly known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education fund) which was founded as a US non-profit in 1972, taking the lead from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund which Thurgood Marshall had established in 1957.

So, it sorta seems to me that Senator Sessions doesn’t like people who think differently from him.  He seems to actually simply disregard him.  I guess his empathy level is not too high.

I’m not even going to discuss his views on women.


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